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A West Australian Aboriginal health service fired a doctor because of her industrial relations activities, a human rights report has found.

In the report tabled in federal parliament, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission recommends Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) apologise and pay compensation to Dr Julie Copeman.

DYHS terminated Dr Copeman's employment in April 2004. She had worked at one of the service's three Perth clinics since August 1998.

The commission rejected DYHS's claim that the sacking had nothing to do with Dr Copeman's lobbying about colleagues' workplace conditions.

Dr Copeman was a member of the Australian Medical Association WA and sometimes acted as its representative at DYHS.

The report found DYHS was frustrated Dr Copeman had talked about doctors' complaints about their work environment.

"The fact that Dr Copeman expressed these concerns quite openly and forcefully was interpreted as being hostile," the report said.

The commission recommended DYHS pay Dr Copeman compensation for emotional hurt and lost income totalling $76,185.

 
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